Cheers to the long weekend! The extra day means more time to soak in all SoCal has to offer as summer unofficially begins — from a Monopoly-inspired food festival to a patriotic USO dance and more.
Enjoy this classic pairing of food and board games along Santa Monica's Main Street. Walk along the main artery of the city and munch on bites from 20 local eateries — but don't forget to get your board stamp at every stop for a chance to win a prize! No real estate purchase or rent payment necessary, but you do get to use "MAINopoly" currency. For extra fun (and a bit more cash), the "Go To Jail" VIP lounge will score you entry into a beer garden with more games and a photo booth.
WHEN: Sunday, May 28, 3 - 8 p.m.
WHERE: Various locations across Santa Monica
COST: Tickets are $35 | Get tickets
Happy Hour isn't mandated in the U.S. Constitution, but there's no amendment that says you can't have a drink while brushing up on the nation's law. This series of crash courses on the Constitution includes $5 beer and wine every Friday, with a different topic each time. Memorial Day weekend's pick will center around the rights of immigrants under the document. Feel free to belt out your rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" after a couple of drinks.
WHEN: Every Friday through June 30, 6 p.m.
WHERE: The Hammer Museum | MAP
This is for folks who can't help but fill their personal spaces with unique trinkets inspired by their chosen fandom(s), whether it's Harry Potter (!), Game of Thrones or something else that brings you joy. Join your peers for this nerd-filled marketplace, where you'll find those things that make you happy. Plus, there will be a raffle with prizes every hour!
WHEN: Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29
WHERE: Whimsic Alley, Miracle Mile | MAP
Nothing says outdoor festival like Memorial Day (well, maaaybe the Fourth of July), but this one's definitely a local favorite. While you're free to express your patriotism, this shindig has more of a bohemian vibe — think Woodstock — with healing arts and crafts, vegan food vendors and more. Pro tip: A free shuttle will be available to alleviate any potential parking headaches.
Strap on those classic heels and bowler hats, then take a step back in time to one of these 1940s USO dances. Expect to dance in full era-appropriate (mandatory) garb to a full band with never-ending music. All dapper studs and curl-laden dames are welcome!
WHEN: Sunday, May 28 - Monday, May 29
WHERE: Clifton's Republic, DTLA | MAP
COST: Tickets are $10; free for active military and veterans
Thanks to grassroots efforts from local zinesters who throw these festivals, community members have a chance to buy, sell, and trade zines. Get some major inspiration from local artists — plus, get a chance to meet the creators and pick their brain! Pro tip: Not into crowds? Check out the Long Beach Library's zine collection and read your zines in peace.
WHEN: Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: California Market Center, DTLA | MAP